Nigel Harley, founder and director of Harley raceboats, has been sailing and racing since his teens. His passion and experience means that the boats he builds are boats with uniqueness, purpose and above all, performance.
Like many sailors, Nigel started in his schooldays and by the age of 16 was racing the Flying 15 in Cowes week. He moved on to offshore racing, crewing then skippering half- and threequarter-tonners.
His racing passion turned into a business interest, and his early ventures specialised in race preparation, developing and growing the Etchell One Design. Nigel raced the Etchell in World Championships against the top sailors of the time.
The next design was the Mustang 30 which won at Cowes Week and other events. Then came the Reflex 28 and Reflex 38, which won the Fastnet Race.
In addition to the production racing boats, Harley Raceboats has designed, developed and built one-off projects including the Hip 30 yacht, a 48 foot cruising catamaran and an Ian Farrier trimaran. The largest project was Calypso, a 72 foot ketch built with an exact replica of the hull of Joshua Slocum's famous ketch Spray.
Harley Raceboats Today
Harley Raceboats is based in Cowes, which has a boatbuilding tradition spanning centuries. With access to a wide rance of specialist skills and resources, Harley Raceboats can turn an idea into a reality. Whether your idea is for racing or cruising, single or multihull, Harley Raceboats can build a boat for you.
If your interest is in a motor cruiser with the same desire for uniqueness, the Harley 25 is ideal. Every Harley 25 is built to the owner's specification, whether for fishing, family cruising, a gentleman's day boat or a functional workboat. One thing you can be sure of, the Harley 25 is one tough boat.
Nigel Harley, founder and director of Harley Raceboats